Earth Sciences Undergraduate


Students can collaborate with professors in exciting research projects.

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Study our planet in a time of global change, increasing demand for resources, and a fragile environment.


Earth Sciences: Bachelor of Science

A solid foundation in geology, with additional coursework in meteorology and oceanography prepares students for a career in a wide range of employment sectors.

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Earth Sciences: B.S. with Secondary Education Certification

For a teaching major in Earth Sciences, complete the Earth Sciences degree along with the appropriate teaching certification courses.

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Four-Year Program Guides

The Classroom & Beyond

  • For juniors and seniors on faculty research projects or with the Geological Survey for credit and pay.

  • Professor Tim Heaton will lead the Department of Earth Sciences 2016 Spring Break Field Trip to the Grand Canyon and other spectacular parks and geologic sites in the southwestern United States. 

  • A student organization active in organizing meetings, field trips and other fun activities.

After Graduation

Our graduates possess the knowledge and skills to find solutions to issues related to the earth and its limited resources. Earth sciences graduates go on to work in the following professions:

Potential Careers

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Consulting Geologist
  • Environmental Services Analyst 
  • Geologist, Minerals and Mining Program
  • Oil and Gas Program Manager
  • Planning & Zoning Technician
  • Water Quality Specialist

Recent Employers

  • South Dakota Geological Survey
  • PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.
  • City of Sioux City, Iowa
  • South Dakota Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Idaho Department of Lands
  • Martin County, Minnesota
  • Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
Success Stories

Success Stories

Allow yourself to have an open dialogue with your professors and advisors and be honest with them, then there is no way that you can't succeed. Wes Christensen, 2008 Graduate